Background: Beijing Plus 20 in 2015 is a golden opportunity to “scale up and speed up” implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Beijing Plus 20 will be a global campaign launched at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March 2014, continue throughout the year and culminate in 2015 at a Special High-Level Commitments event at the General Assembly.
This campaign has four “C”s.
- Commitments: Throughout 2014, governments and civil society will undertake the review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action. This review should be a wide consultative process that includes many stakeholders including women and girl’s NGOs, youth groups, the media, governments, UN agencies, and foundations. This review and appraisal will not produce another policy document, but focus on implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
- Capacity Building: The campaign should help to build the capacity of the international women’s movement—particularly youth—to take leadership roles in advocacy on implementation of the BPfA/CEDAW in the context of the MDGs/SDGs and post-2015 agenda
- Communications for change: The campaign will use the full force of mobile technologies, IT, social media and the Internet to build a global virtual community. This requires improving the use of web sites and listservs, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and virtual conferencing tools. Equal attention should be paid to reaching marginalized groups such as rural women and girls, the disabled and indigenous women and girls through traditional media, such as radio, television and newspapers.
- Cities for CEDAW: Cities have extraordinary responsibility to “make the global—local” by implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW at the local level. By 2050, nearly 80% of the world’s women and girls will live in urban areas. By enhancing women’s capabilities, addressing violence against women and girls, and ensuring women’s participation, cities can help achieve the sustainable development goals at local level.